Stylecraft Malabar Aran
'Malabar Aran which is a rich blend of silk and cotton in an Aran weight. The natural fibres give this yarn a wonderful drape and the rich colour palette of intense shades makes this the perfect yarn for summer knits and crochet accessories'.
At thewoolshop.ie we try to bring knitting to a whole new generation of people interested in creating their own clothing and styles, this pattern gives a perfect finish using Malabar Aran. It feels rich to hold, enough weight to feel like you have a quality cardigan. The fit is really good, also there is a little bit of a stretch to the yarn so its very comfortable to wear. The soft finish to the cotton and silk yarn gives a touch of coolness making this cardigan perfect for summer evenings.
The knitting of this cardigan pattern was pretty easy to follow using 5 malabar aran 100g balls, the yarn is very nice to knit with on a 4.5mm (USA 7) 5mm (USA 8) set of needles for this particular project. The sizing guide is pretty good but keep in mind there is that little bit of stretch as we mentioned before.
You can find the pattern and sizing guide here:
Our after thought.......
Malabar Aran Headband
Shortly after the Cardigan was knitted we decided to try something else with this great yarn. we wanted to give you an idea on how vibrant the shades are. We took an idea from a cowl pattern also Stylecraft Malabar Aran and modified it from a cowl to a head band and from crochet to knitted.
You Can find this pattern here: http://www.thewoolshop.ie/magento/brands/stylecraft/stylecraft-crochet-patterns/stylecraft-malabar-aran-crochet-pattern-9148.html
The colours are very bright as you can see in the picture below
The yarn has great stitch definition. I am not as familiar with crochet as I am with knitting but this cowl really took my fancy. I decided I would try something similar with knitting and try to work in the stunning colours together as with the crocheted version...but as a head band.
Here's the how to.......
Cast on 132 stitches
(colour a) Knit 2 rows
(colour b) Knit 5sts, Slip 1st, continue to end of row.
(colour b) As above but Slip 1st purlwise.
(colour c) Knit 2sts, Slip 1st, Knit 5sts, Slip 1st, continue to end of row Knit 3sts.
(colour c) As above but Slip 1st purlwise.
I have used 8 colours and continued the pattern as above. 16 rows in total, casting off in the colour I started with.
''We hope you like what we have created with Stylecraft Malabar Aran''
Model: Charlotte Power